Jett Lawrence Posts 3rd Straight Supercross Win at Denver

Jett Lawrence carries 20 point advantage into final Supercross event of the season. Levi Kitchen and RJ Hampshire tied atop the 250SX West standings heading to Salt Lake City.

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Empower Field at Mile High, Denver, CO — May 4, 2024

The 250SX West riders are back on the track at Denver, and the battle for the championship is tight. Just two points separate leader RJ Hampshire and Levi Kitchen. Both will be positioning themselves for the final East/West showdown at the final event in Salt Lake City.

With his victory last week in Philadelphia, Jett Lawrence heads to Denver with a 12-point advantage over Cooper Webb. Denver’s hometown hero, Eli Tomac, is third but trails the leader by 41 points. Unless Lawrence and Webb crash themselves out during the event, Tomac is realistically out of contention for the Supercross Championship Title.

If Lawrence wins in Denver and Webb finishes 10th or worse, Jett will clinch the Championship in his first season in the premier class.

250SX West Heats

Jo Shimoda(30) took the perfect line into the first turn and grabbed the holeshot. Title contender Levi Kitchen(47) got pinched to the outside of the track and started midpack. Shimoda rode away from the field to over an eight-second lead. Kitchen worked his way forward to the second spot but could not close on the Shimoda lead.

Hawkins(35) and Jordan Smith finished third and fourth, respectively.

Heat #2 featured RJ Hampshire(24), the 250SX West points leader. However, it was Ryder DiFrancesco(34) who took the early lead. Hampshire got bumped in the first turn but avoided the riders who went down in the early crash.

Nate Thrasher(57) tracked down and passed Ryder for the lead, with Hampshire closing in the third spot. A lap later, Hampshire went around DiFrancesco and began to close on the two-second advantage Thrasher had built.

Julien Beaumer(929) took the final podium position late in the race. Hampshire got even with Thrasher on the final lap but could not complete the pass. It was Nate Thrasher’s first heat win of the year.

450SX Heats

Hunter Lawrence(96) and Eli Tomac(3) lined up in the center of the starting gates, with the starters shed between them. Title contender Cooper Webb(2) was also in Heat #1. Lawrence edged out Webb for the holeshot. However, it only took a few laps for Webb to move to the front.

Malcolm Stewart(27) sat in the third spot, with Tomac in fourth. Hunter and Webb swapped the lead late in the race before Webb pulled away for the Heat win. Stewart and Tomac held their positions with safe margins.

The points leader, Jett Lawrence(18), got a great start, took the holeshot, and immediately pulled away to the four-second advantage over Vince Friese(125). Defending champion Chase Sexton(1) and Jason Anderson(21) moved past Friese, but Lawrence continued to build on the lead interval.

The top three maintained their positions to the checkered flag, with Justin Barcia(51) finishing in the fourth position. Dylan Ferrandis(14) failed to make the main event and was forced to get in through the Last Chance Qualifier, which he won going away.

250SX West Main Event

Jo Shimoda matched his start in the Heat race and stormed to the lead. A big scramble for the second position saw Levi Kitchen come out in second and RJ Hampshire in third. On the first lap, Jordan Smith(31) elbowed his way past Hampshire as the two came together in a corner. Both managed to hold onto their bikes after the contact.

A great night for Jo Shimoda at Denver / Photo Courtesy of Feld Motor Sports Inc.

Hampshire worked his way past Smith without getting physical. The line Hampshire took forced Smith to the outside of the track, and he exited the course briefly, giving Hampshire the advantage needed to ride away.

Shimoda moved out to a 2.5-second lead over Kitchen, with Hampshire an equal distance back. If they hold their positions, they will go to Salt Lake tied at the top of the standings. However, television cameramen caught an issue for Kitchen. His left boot had the top two clamps come loose during the ride. How the loose boot affects his performance over the later stages of the moto could be a determining factor in the race and the championship.

With two laps to go, Hampshire began to close on Kitchen. The intervals shrank on the top three, but they finished in the order they were running. A tie atop the points standings will bring a lot of drama to the final event of the season.

250SX West Main Event Results

POS. # RIDER BIKE INTERVAL TEAM/SPONSORS
1 30 Jo Shimoda Honda CRF250R 18 Laps Team Honda HRC
2 47 Levi Kitchen Kawasaki KX250 0.649 Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki
3 24 Rj Hampshire Husqvarna FC 250 2.163 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing
4 57 Nate Thrasher Yamaha YZ250F 20.285 Monster Energy Star Racing Yamaha (250)
5 31 Jordon Smith Yamaha YZ250F 40.798 Monster Energy Star Racing Yamaha (250)
6 36 Phillip Nicoletti Yamaha YZ250F 01:00.1 Muc-Off FXR ClubMX
7 71 Cole Thompson Yamaha YZ250F 01:04.6 Cole Thompson Racing
8 73 Robbie Wageman Yamaha YZ250F 17 Laps Robbie Wageman Racing
9 35 Talon Hawkins KTM 250 SX-F 5.295 AEO KTM Racing Team
10 929 Julien Beaumer KTM 250 SX-F FE 10.412 Red Bull KTM
11 34 Ryder DiFrancesco GASGAS MC 250F 13.405 Troy Lee Designs Red Bull GasGas
12 473 Lux Turner KTM 250 SX-F 20.943 AEO KTM Racing Team
13 78 Joshua Varize GASGAS MC 250F FE 25.464 Josh Varize Racing
14 85 Hunter Yoder Kawasaki KX250 32.633 Partzilla PRMX Racing
15 114 Geran Stapleton Kawasaki KX250 33.305 Geran Stapleton Racing
16 100 Anthony Bourdon Suzuki RM-Z250 38.587 Bar X Suzuki
17 116 Tj Albright Yamaha YZ250F 43.140 TJ Albright Racing
18 162 Max Sanford Kawasaki KX250 16 Laps Host Grindstone Kawasaki
19 996 Preston Taylor Kawasaki KX250 53.137 Preston Taylor Racing
20 824 Carter Stephenson KTM 250 SX-F 15 Laps Carter Stephenson Racing
21 334 Brad West Yamaha YZ250F 2 Laps Brad West Racing
22 87 Max Miller Suzuki RM-Z250 DNF Max Miller Racing

 

250SX West Points Standings

POS. # RIDER HOMETOWN POINTS
1 47 Levi Kitchen Washougal, WA 186
2 24 RJ Hampshire Hudson, FL 186
3 31 Jordon Smith Belmont, NC 165
4 30 Jo Shimoda Suzuka, Japan 163
5 26 Garrett Marchbanks Coalville, UT 121
6 929 Julien Beaumer Lake Havasu City, AZ 118
7 57 Nate Thrasher Livingston, TN 107
8 100 Anthony Bourdon Hossegor, France 102
9 36 Phillip Nicoletti Cochecton, NY 93
10 41 Carson Mumford Simi Valley, CA 88
11 71 Cole Thompson Brigden, Canada 82
12 34 Ryder DiFrancesco Bakersfield, CA 79
13 85 Hunter Yoder Menifee, CA 79
14 73 Robbie Wageman Newhall, CA 71
15 55 Mitchell Oldenburg Godley, TX 67
16 78 Joshua Varize Perris, CA 54
17 35 Talon Hawkins Temecula, CA 50
18 245 Matti Jorgensen Helirod, FL 26
19 162 Max Sanford Pasadena, MD 25
20 116 Tj Albright Mt Marion, NY 22

 

450SX Main Event

Jett Lawrence and Cooper Webb sit next to each other at the starting gates. All eyes will be on the dueling duo as the gate drops.

After losing last year’s championship with a torn Achilles on his home track, Eli Tomac looks to thrill the fans with a degree of redemption by stealing a win.

A Lawrence won the holeshot. Instead of it being Jett, Hunter got the great start. Jett followed closely. Webb was ninth out of the first corner. The crowd roared as Tomac raced to the third spot early. The glory was short-lived as Eli went down entering a corner, and dropped to the seventh position.

Five minutes in, Webb was up to fifth. Jett seemed content to follow his brother as they both were building the interval over Jason Anderson in third and Justin Barcia in fourth.

In the 50-year history of AMA Supercross, two brothers have never won in the same season. It may not happen this year either, as at the halfway point of the timed portion of the moto, Jett made the pass on Hunter. The move may have been prompted by Anderson closing down the interval on the brothers.

The Lawrence Brothers, Hunter(96) and Jett(18) race each other in Denver / Photo Courtesy of Feld Motor Sports Inc.

Defending champion Chase Sexton went down in the first corner and began the race in last place. Putting together a remarkable run, Sexton caught Webb for fifth and made the pass. A corner later, Sexton went down and dropped back to eighth position.

If the race ends with Lawrence holding on for the win and Webb not able to move forward from fifth the advantage heading into Salt Lake City will be 20 points.

With his third straight win and eighth of the season, Lawrence takes a big step closer to his first Supercross title.

Out of the LCQ, Dylan Ferrandis finished 9th.

450SX Main Event Results

POS. # RIDER BIKE INTERVAL TEAM/SPONSORS
1 18 Jett Lawrence Honda CRF450R 23 Laps Team Honda HRC
2 96 Hunter Lawrence Honda CRF450R 1.802 Team Honda HRC
3 21 Jason Anderson Kawasaki KX450SR 5.404 Monster Energy Kawasaki
4 51 Justin Barcia GASGAS MC 450F 12.175 Troy Lee Designs Red Bull GasGas
5 2 Cooper Webb Yamaha YZ450F 22.017 Monster Energy Star Racing Yamaha (450)
6 32 Justin Cooper Yamaha YZ450F 22.433 Monster Energy Star Racing Yamaha (450)
7 27 Malcolm Stewart Husqvarna FC 450 RE 26.219 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing
8 1 Chase Sexton KTM 450 SX-F FE 33.386 Red Bull KTM
9 14 Dylan Ferrandis Honda CRF450R 43.726 Phoenix Racing Honda
10 3 Eli Tomac Yamaha YZ450F 48.214 Monster Energy Star Racing Yamaha (450)
11 15 Dean Wilson Honda CRF450R 51.039 Firepower Honda
12 55 Mitchell Oldenburg Honda CRF450R 52.126 Mitchell Oldenburg Racing
13 45 Colt Nichols Beta 450 RX 52.972 Liqui Moly Beta
14 22 Freddie Noren Kawasaki KX450SR 22 Laps International Supercross Race Team
15 9 Adam Cianciarulo Kawasaki KX450SR 11.766 Monster Energy Kawasaki
16 125 Vince Friese Honda CRF450R 22.106 Smartop MotoConcepts Racing Honda
17 46 Justin Hill KTM 450 SX-F FE 22.226 Team Tedder Racing
18 12 Shane McElrath Suzuki RM-Z450 24.602 HEP Motorsports
19 81 Cade Clason Kawasaki KX450 25.538 Partzilla PRMX Racing
20 56 Jeremy Hand Honda CRF450R 38.101 Jeremy Hand Racing
21 70 Jerry Robin Yamaha YZ450F 39.489 Jerry Robin Racing
22 82 Mitchell Harrison Kawasaki KX450 43.859 Partzilla PRMX Racing

 

450SX Standings

POS. # RIDER HOMETOWN POINTS
1 18 Jett Lawrence Landsborough, Australia 336
2 2 Cooper Webb Newport, NC 316
3 3 Eli Tomac Cortez, CO 282
4 1 Chase Sexton LaMoille, IL 282
5 21 Jason Anderson Rio Rancho, NM 264
6 94 Ken Roczen Mattstedt, Germany 223
7 32 Justin Cooper Cold Springs Harbor, NY 205
8 96 Hunter Lawrence Landsborough, Australia 200
9 51 Justin Barcia Monroe, NY 200
10 7 Aaron Plessinger Hamilton, OH 198
11 27 Malcolm Stewart Haines City, FL 184
12 14 Dylan Ferrandis Bedarrides, France 133
13 12 Shane McElrath Oakland, FL 124
14 67 Benny Bloss Oak Grove, MO 94
15 9 Adam Cianciarulo New Smyrna Beach, FL 93
16 15 Dean Wilson Glasgow, Scotland 79
17 46 Justin Hill Yoncalla, OR 62
18 11 Kyle Chisholm Tampa, FL 60
19 125 Vince Friese Cape Girardeau, MO 54
20 45 Colt Nichols Muskogee, OK 51